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University of the Cumberlands Chorale goes on tour

Williamsburg, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Chorale toured in Northern Kentucky during their spring break on March 9-14. The group visited five locations and performed a variety of pieces, including “The Quest Unending” by Joseph Martin, the classic “An Early American Hymn” by John O’Reilly and worship song “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin.

In their first tour in three years, the group performed for students, families, churches and host families. The trip also allowed UC’s music department the potential to recruit high school students when they visited Grant County High School in Dry Ridge, Campbell High School in Fort Campbell and George Rogers Clark High in Winchester.

“I believe the tour definitely provided publicity for UC and it gives an opportunity to talk with prospective students that are interested in continuing their love for music while in college,” said Chorale director Dr. David Etter.

The group also visited First Baptist Church in Mt. Sterling and Sherman Baptist in Dry Ridge, and allowed Chorale students to show the love of Christ through their talents. Etter believed the tour was an excellent way for the Chorale family to bond in their love for Christ, as well as their love of music.

“As you can see, a tour of this kind is beneficial to all who become involved with it, whether as a singer, a listener, a host family, a host choir director, or a prospective student,” said Etter. “I guess you could call it a win-win-win-win-win event.”

The group was joined by UC band director Dr. Steven Sudduth and staff accompanist Kay Dawn McFarland, as well as other adult leaders.

Students that attended the trip included Kyla Edmonson (Walton, Ky.), Lyndsey Green (Corbin, Ky.), Katherine Greene (London, Ky.), Michelle Pennington (Bowling Green, Ky.), Logan Reynolds (Corbin, Ky.), Emily Scott (Paris, Ky.), Bethany Sturdivant (Walton, Ky.), Whitley Bird (Williamsburg, Ky.), Jillian Carpenter (Williamsburg, Ky.), Wesley Hale (Amelia, Ohio), Marissa Hedrick (London, Ky.), Lisa Lyford (Williamsburg, Ky.), Christin Miller (Lafollette, Tenn.), Katherine Prewitt (London, Ky.), Alexis Tickle (Elizabethtown, Ky.), Dalton Hutton (Mt. Vernon, Ky.), Tyler Vaughn (Mt. Vernon, Ky.), Micah Wolf (London, Ky.), Jonathan Wyatt (Williamsburg, Ky.), Casey Barnard (London, Ky.), Matthew Black (Northwood, Ohio), Phillip Brewer (London, Ky.), Chris Brown (Corbin, Ky.), Jeff Daugherty (London, Ky.), Michael Kitts (Lafollette, Tenn.), and Zach Shannon (Somerset, Ky.).

Chorale is typically made up of 45-60 singers and auditions are open to all UC students. Chorale represents UC during tours to various state, educational and denominational meetings, where they perform literature from all periods of choral music. The group has made four tours to Europe, performing in Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.